The St. Bernard’s Crusaders moved closer to a Little 4 title with a third straight league doubleheader sweep on Saturday.
Playing at Ferndale, the Crusaders beat the Wildcats 10-0 in five innings in game one and took game two 10-4, and they are now 6-0 in league halfway through the schedule.
Also in action on Saturday, the South Fork Cubs improved to 3-3 in the Little 4 with a pair of wins at Hoopa, topping the Warriors 6-1 and 12-0.
Manzi, who has arguably been the most impressive freshman in the H-DN this spring, threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout in the opener and struck out five.
Tyler Maples led the offense in that win and was 2-for-3, while Isaiah Wolfe finished 1-for-2 with a double, an RBI and two runs.
Tyler Hinrichs also made some noise on offense and was 1-for-1 with two RBIs, while Jason Meyer finished 1-for-1 with an RBI and scored a pair of runs.
The SB bats were just getting warmed up, and in game two five players finished with multiple hits.
Dimmick and Luke Brunton each went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs, while Brayden Luna was 2-for-2 with an RBI and three runs and Tyson Meyer was 2-for-4 with two runs.
Manzi capped a good all-around day by going 2-for-3 with an RBI and scoring three runs, while Wolfe capped a big game for the offense with a pair of sac flies and three RBIs.
Dimmick threw six strong innings for the win, allowing just two unearned runs on four hits and no walks and striking out nine.
Mateo Gutierrez pitched one inning in relief to help seal the win.
The Crusaders are now 10-6 on the season.
Parker Prior had a big day for Ferndale, both at the plate and at shortstop, as he continues his impressive start to the season.
“He’s a very talented young player,” St. Bernard’s head coach Matt Tomlin said of the sophomore, who had three hits and made numerous defensive plays.
Relief pitcher Prescott Langer also impressed in game two and “threw well,” according to head coach Justin Andersen.
Austin Michel had a hit in each game for the Cats, including a double in game one, while in game two Jonah Anderson was 1-for-3 with a double and Tristen Titus finished 1-for-2.
Langer and Jarett Smith each also had a hit in game two, with Smith driving in a run, while Levi Dixon had an RBI.
The Wildcats are now 3-3 in league and 3-4 overall.
South Fork 6, Hoopa 1
South Fork 12, Hoopa 0
Broc Contreras stretched his hitting streak to seven straight games on Saturday, as the Cubs improved to 3-3 in the Little 4 and 3-6 overall.
Contreras finished 1-for-2 with a double, three runs, an RBI and six stolen bases in game one, while John Harding was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI and also pitched a complete game for the win on the mound.
The senior pitcher allowed just one earned run on two hits and four walks and struck out eight.
Makani Buck-Zulim also had a base hit in the opener and drove in two runs.
“I’m very happy with how the top of the lineup has been producing,” head coach Chris Contreras said. “I’m hoping as the season progresses we can get some balance form across the lineup.”
Wesley Way led the way at the plate in game two, while Jonah Wansick threw a two-hitter for the win on the mound.
“Jonah has been keeping us in the game when he’s on the mound,” Chris Contreras said. “he throws consistent strikes and luckily for us the guys have been making plays behind him.”
Way finished 3-for-4 with two runs, an RBI and two stolen bases, while Wansick threw all five shutout innings and struck out six.
Harding added a hit, two runs and four stolen bases, while Justin Freitas had a hit and two runs.
No stats were available for Hoopa, which dropped to 0-6 in the Little 4.